Saturday, 25 September 2010

Newsy stuff

Series 3 of Inspector Gently (based on the Alan Hunter books) and staring Martin Shaw is due to be shown on Sunday on BBC1 at 8:30pm. The title of the first episode in the series is “Gently Evil” and sees Gently and his colleague DS John Bacchus investigating a brutal murder of a young woman that has taken place in a coastal village in Northumberland in 1966. More information can be found on the BBC One page

Congratulations to Gregg Hurwitz whose speculative script Expulsion has been picked up by Warner Brothers according to

The Swedish Book Review 2010:1 issue have done a crime fiction special. The full article can be found here. It is the first crime fiction special that has been done since 2001 and they have rounded up a really intriguing top quality list of authors who are still largely unknown. Of course they would be remiss if they did not mention Stieg Larsson and they have. However, what is so good about this article is the fact that they have also included previews of the various works of the authors that have been mentioned.

We blogged earlier about apps being created for Mark Billingham’s Inspector Thorne series which is due to be shown shortly on Sky One. Another author who is also being given the same treatment is Headline’s Martina Cole. Orion have also produced an app for Ian Rankin's Edinburgh and according to his publishers so far it has surpassed 6000 downloads in 4 weeks. All three can be found in the Itunes store.

Congratulations also go to Peter Robinson who was recently been awarded the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, on Wednesday 22nd October. The full article can be found in the National Post.

According to Publishers Weekly David Baldacci is set to join a group of authors in the second series in the 39 Clues Series. The original series has been a great success with over 1.2 million registered users on the official website The 39 Clues.Com

With the Frankfurt Book Fair due to take place next month a number of books are being taken to the Fair and these include Tom Rob Smith’s new novel via Curtis Brown Literary Agency The Last Adversary which is due to be published in February 2011 by Simon and Schuster.

Newcastle based new crime series by author Mari Hannah which was agreed in a three book deal between Wayne Brookes over at Pan Macmillan and Blake Friedmann. The first book in the series The Murder Wall is due for publication in 2012. Mari Hannah was one of the winners of the 2010 Northern Writers Award.

Geraint Anderson’s two novel deal which has been concluded between Headline and Lizzy Kremer. Anderson better known as “CityBoy” (his memoir sold 180,000 copies in the UK) first novel has been described as a fugitive style caper thriller set in the financial world. The title of the debut is Just Business

Agents Rodger, Coleridge and White are taking Doll Princess by Tom Benn which is due to be published by Cape in the UK. Set in gangland Manchester in the wake of the IRA bombing. it is said to be the first of a planned series. Also being taken to Frankfurt buy them is a Havana based crime novel (also said to be a proposed series) entitled The Beggar’s Opera by Peggy Blair. The Beggar's Opera was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger. It is still on submission in the UK. Rights to Denise Mina’s book The End of the Wasp Season due to be published by Orion in May 2011 will also be at Frankfurt via the Agents. United Agents will be taking with them to Frankfurt a new London based thriller The Burning by Jane Casey. The novel is due to be published in November by Ebury Publishing.

John O’Connell has done a round up in today’s Guardian (25/09) of recent Thrillers These include Jed Rubenfeld’s The Death Instinct, Savages by Don Winslow and Three Seconds, by Roslund & Hellström.

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